|Dr. Alan Wishneff D.D.S.
Restorative Dentistry / Oral Health
June 3, 2014
Tooth pulp may be considered the most vital part of a tooth. Pulp is located in the center of the tooth, beneath the enamel and dentin layers, and it has its own pulp chamber. Tooth pulp consists of blood vessels, connective tissue and large nerves. The pulp is also commonly known as the nerve of the tooth. It branches out and continues down the root through canals of the tooth and stops just shy of the tip of the tooth. Tooth pulp is also known as dental pulp, a dental nerve or a tooth nerve.
There are many different functions for the tooth pulp. The pulp acts as a sensory detector when it feels pain caused by a trauma to the dentin. It can feel differences in temperature and pressure caused by stimulation to the pulp region. Pulp is also responsible for the formation of dentin. When the tooth experiences trauma, the pulp starts to form secondary dentin. The pulp can serve as nourishment for the tooth. It contains blood vessels that help to prevent the tooth from becoming brittle by keeping it moisturized and nourished.
When the tooth pulp becomes inflamed, it is known as a condition called pulpitis. This occurs because there might be tooth decay, infection trauma or other dental problems on the teeth. When one has pulpitis, a root canal procedure can help solve the problem. The root canal will remove the pulp from the tooth if the pulpitis becomes irreversible. After the pulp is removed from the tooth, it does not regenerate inside the tooth. This can cause the tooth to become non-vital or dead.
For more information about this topic or any other dental topic, contact Dr.Wishneff at [email protected] or call (561) 488-3111. Dr. Alan Wishneff is a Boca Raton Dentist dedicated to bringing patients state-of-the-art dental care. As a cosmetic, family and restorative dentist, he helps patients enjoy a natural and healthy smile. He is trained in cosmetic dentistry, including porcelain veneers; advanced cosmetic bonding techniques; oral surgery; medical emergency procedures; advanced crown and bridge; advanced TMJ; implant dentistry; endodontics-root canals: utilization of most advanced dental materials. Dr, Wishneff and staff are dedicated to providing great smiles in Boca Raton for more than 30 years. After more than two decades of practicing dentistry in Boca Raton, Dr. Wishneff is more committed than ever to this community.